Having taken three wins in a row against our closest title rivals, we failed to press on at WSG. It looked like we were heading for a draw until the hosts' stunning late blow.
how did it happen?
You always have to ask yourself that. It was clear from the start that Tirol were going to push us all the way. It was no miracle once in a lifetime upset, they are simply a better football team than many people credit them for. It is very rarely that an opponent has more possession than us over a half of football. It's even rarer for opponents to twice pull back level and go on to win.
Sheer efficiency ultimately swung the pendulum in favour of Thomas Silberberger's side. They had three shots on goal, whereas we had eight, but they scored three goals to our two. We had enough chances to win, but our finishing was lacking. An average performance, which would have been enough for three points on many occasions, just didn't do it this time. The hosts' whole team, and especially Nikolai Baden Frederiksen, showed their class. While it was billed as the serial champions against the surprise package of the season, it turned out to be a really even clash.
one to take on the chin
We went into the midweek fixtures nine points ahead of Rapid Vienna, and we are now eight ahead. The draw yesterday evening between the Green and Whites and LASK meant our lead has barely changed. After the shock has subsided, we need to regain our focus going into the next match on Sunday. WAC, who we are facing twice in the coming days, won against Sturm Graz yesterday with a late penalty. They are also boosted by the appointment of a new cooach, Robin Dutt, although he is only taking over at the end of the season.
We can't read too much into yesterday's defeat. The champions group doesn't get its name for nothing. It's packed with sides good enough to vie for the title. Our form has been good until yesterday. There is no need to panic.